High Court rules Uber app lawful

The High Court has ruled that the US motoring app Uber does not violate the law. The Court had been asked to consider whether smartphones from the company were considered taximeters, which currently is against the law for private vehicles and only available to drivers of black cabs in London, according to a report from The Guardian.

Transport for London said it would not appeal the decision, and was looking for clarification on the subject. A consultation is currently ongoing by TFL on the subject of private hire regulations. TFL had said that smartphones had not been taximeters.



Richard Massett, the chair of the Licenced Taxi Drivers Association, said they would appeal, in an interview with the BBC.

“It’s a fact that the smartphone acts in exactly the same way as a taximeter,” Massett said. “It calculates the fare by means of time taken and distance covered – and it’s doing exactly the same job. Private hire legislation specifically precludes private hire from using a meter – and that’s exactly what it is.”

Key Facts
Uber was founded in 2009.
It serves over 320 cities worldwide.
One million people in London use the service
18,000 drivers work for Uber in the capital.